Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth: Advice (How to get bonuses in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without playing Sid Meier’s Starships)

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July 22, 2020
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By Jonny Gamer

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth: Advice (How to get bonuses in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without playing Sid Meier’s Starships)

Civilization Beyond Earth and Sid Meier’s Starships are not only linked by a common plot, but also have a common integration through a 2k account. The essence of this integration is that when certain conditions are met in one game, additional functionality opens in another. Most likely in firaxis this idea came from 2k for you to buy two games.

How it works?

For CivBE it looks something like this: you click on the 2k logo, then log in and … nothing happens. Any interface that explains why it is and what it gives is simply not there. Maybe they’ll correct me, but the first time you enter 2k, you should see the Glaciers map, in any case, I don’t remember the pop-up window, but the update says this. Further in the game, if you do what you need to, you will have a window with a message about the reward.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth: Advice (How to get bonuses in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without playing Sid Meier’s Starships)
CivBE Harmony and Supremacy reward

In Starships, this is already better and after logging in you will have a Rewards button where you can view all the unlocked rewards.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth: Advice (How to get bonuses in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without playing Sid Meier’s Starships)
Sid Meier’s Starships reward list

Bonuses from playing at CivBE

Bonus typeNameDescriptionCondition
New type of planetNirvana+5% moraleopens with victory through Harmony
New type of planetXanadu+10% towards scienceopens with victory through Purity
New type of planetEarth+10% to metalsunlocked by victory through Domination
New type of planetObservatoryimmediately unlocks all AIopens with a victory through Contact
New missionNew jerusalemprotect religious refugeesyou must complete the quest “Found an Outpost”
New missionAssembly Requiredprotect freight transportyou must complete the quest “Gifts from Home”
New missionThe arenabattle without shieldsyou must complete the quest “Hostile Takeover”
Hybrid paradigmExcellence / Harmonytwo paradigms can be chosenopens if you reach 7 level of Superiority and 3 levels of Harmony
Hybrid paradigmExcellence / Puritytwo paradigms can be chosenunlocked if you reach level 7 of Superiority and 3 levels of Purity
Hybrid paradigmPurity / Harmonytwo paradigms can be chosenopens if you reach 7 levels of Purity and 3 levels of Harmony
Hybrid paradigmPurity / Excellencetwo paradigms can be chosenopens if you reach 7 level of Purity and 3 levels of Superiority
Hybrid paradigmHarmony / Excellencetwo paradigms can be chosenopens if you reach 7th level of Harmony and 3th level of Superiority
Hybrid paradigmHarmony / Puritytwo paradigms can be chosenopens if you reach the 7th level of Harmony and the 3rd level of Purity

Bonuses from playing Starships

Bonus typeNameDescriptionCondition
New mapTiny islandsmap with many small islandsopens with victory through the population
New mapInland seainland sea mapopens with victory through the population
New type of colonistPioneerscolonists and explorers are built twice as fastyou must complete the “Fleet Escape” mission
New type of colonistMercenariesall cities have +25 HP and all units have + 10% strength in friendly territoryyou must complete the “Dark Star” mission
New type of spaceshipSupply Modulestart the game with 2 resource pods near the first cityyou must complete the mission “Den of Thieves!”
New type of spaceshipElectromagnetic Sensoropens all artifacts on the mapyou must complete “Final Justice!” mission
New type of cargoCryotomestart the game with a free social policy (virtue)complete the “Fragile” mission
New type of cargoXeno Managementstart the game with an Ultrasonic Emitter, this unit deals 10 damage to everyone on adjacent squaresyou must complete the “Death Craft Alpha” mission
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth: Advice (How to get bonuses in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without playing Sid Meier’s Starships)
CivBE Cargo unlockable content

Let’s analyze it

Bonuses for Starhips are a couple of missions, new planets and cheats. Yes, that’s right – CHITS. Hybrid paradigms are the ability to choose the bonuses of the two paradigms just like that from the very beginning of the game. Given that the game has an easy difficulty, it is not clear why this was done. Perhaps this is an idea for the future, given the fact that now in CivBE in the new DLC there will be truly real hybrid paradigms with many different improvements for units.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth: Advice (How to get bonuses in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without playing Sid Meier’s Starships)
Sid Meier’s Starships 2 affinites

Bonuses for CivBE are so-so. Only free social policy (virtue) and the emitter unit look interesting. The unit looks interesting, but nothing more. He walks only one cell in any terrain, deals 10 damage to all units around him, and you will not be able to build such units, and you will not want to.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth: Advice (How to get bonuses in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without playing Sid Meier’s Starships)
CivBE Ultrasonic emitter unit

Apparently, the CivBE bonuses are embedded in the game itself and if you have them open, then you can use them in a multiplayer game.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth: Advice (How to get bonuses in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without playing Sid Meier’s Starships)
CivBE multiplayer game with unlockable content

However, if you log out of your 2k account or you do not have the Internet, then all your bonuses will disappear, although you can download an already created game.

Here’s a comparison to the additional content from the Steam Workshop: EnhancedLoadout and Awesome Loadout. Compare yourself what you can get by simply downloading these modules and “bonuses” for which you have to buy the game for 15 euros and spend a couple of hours completing the necessary missions.

Welcome to the dark side

Since this content is built into the game, you can unlock it without a 2k account and Starships. We are looking for these files in “Sid Meier’s Civilization Beyond Earth \ assets \ Gameplay \ XML \ Civilizations”:

  • CivBECargo.xml
  • CivBEColonists.xml
  • CivBESpacecraft.xml

Inside these files, we search for the necessary lines in such a format as FiraxisLiveUnlockKey = “UltrasonicEmitterUnlocked” and delete them. Please note that “/>” cannot be deleted.

To unlock maps, we need another directory “Sid Meier’s Civilization Beyond Earth \ assets \ Maps” with files:

  • Tiny_Islands.lua
  • Inland_Sea.lua

Open lua files through the editor and delete the lines starting with FiraxisLiveKey. And now you have access to bonuses in 5 minutes and without financial costs.

Conclusion

Hopefully this is Firaxis’ first and last attempt at doing such black magic..

Article author: Alexey Khaletsky

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